Internationalization Strategy

Khazar University

Internationalization Strategy

2017-2023

Founder’s welcome note

The Khazar University motto of “always leading the way” has a long history. Its conceptual blueprint was developed by defining its own character and based on the experience of the foremost higher education institutions of Europe and America. When the university opened its doors in early 1991, it became the first private university in the (Soviet) Republic of Azerbaijan, and in fact, in the entire former Soviet Union.

One of the distinguishing features of Khazar that sets it apart from its peer universities in Azerbaijan is its commitment to use English as the medium of instruction, preparing alumni to keep up with cutting edge developments in their fields as they go out into a rapidly globalizing world.

Khazar is more than just a university. It offers a life-long learning education, from preschool, primary and secondary school (via its affiliate “Dunya” School) all the way to PhD and post-doctorate studies. And even beyond being an educational institution, Khazar has created an environment that nourishes people’s love of knowledge and culture, whetting their desire to work and learn. Its atmosphere is a magnet attracting scholars and students to the joy of challenge and discovery.

Khazar has always been committed to academic freedom. It places a strong emphasis on international partnerships and programs, regularly participating in exchanges of students, scholars and instructors with universities around the world. The university also strives to cultivate a rich cultural life, encouraging the expression of both Azerbaijani and international traditions, values, and arts.

Sincerely,

Hamlet Isaxanli

Khazar University Founder

Chairman of Board of Directors and Trustees

Introduction

Khazar University is very committed to the enhancement of its global presence. Khazar is providing an exceptional, student-centered university education for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level of studies.

The vision of the university is to become a world-class higher education institution, recognized for its excellence in education and research, as well as a wide-ranging partnership with the stakeholders on national and international levels.

Internationalization strategy of the university is deemed from the general strategy which aims to prepare students for global world. Internationalization provides the university with many opportunities to improve the quality of education and institutional reputation, to increase competitiveness, to contribute to the quality of research and brings financial benefits.

Internationalization is also a prerequisite for ensuring the sustainability and quality of teaching and research at the university. Cultivating a network of international relations allows Khazar University to boost the mobility of its staff and students, and to make the unique educational and research opportunities of Azerbaijan available to students and faculty abroad. Fostering international student and staff mobility is among internationalization priorities of Khazar University. Internationalization of students and staff expands the capacity of participants by receiving an opportunity

  • To gain first-hand experience in education and business environment, share with and learn from each other.
  • To foster research and develop research projects of mutual benefit and interest.
  • To create opportunities for intercultural understanding and dialogue, sharing of cultural experience.  
  • To establish long-term close individual and institutional connections which usually serve as a strong foundation for future projects and initiatives.

International History

The geography of Khazar’s international linkages covers North America, Asia and Europe.  Internationalization at Khazar University started right at its inception when project agreement was signed with the University of California in Los Angeles in 1992 with the support of US State Department. Strong international networking and academic relations have been developing under the framework of various international partnerships and development programs. At various stages of its development, Khazar University has focused on specific subject areas to gain successful experience and promote Khazar programs’ sustainability. The various fields of Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Political Science and International Relations, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business Administration, and Management have been given priority, so that academic programs in these fields have benefitted most from international affiliations.

Large number of Erasmus Mundus Credit Mobility Projects, and ERASMUS+ Capacity Building projects and many others open new opportunities for making improvements in curriculum development, personnel development, university-industry relations, quality assurance reviews, laboratory development, international linkages, and other initiatives. 

Khazar’s international reputation and close involvement in local and regional reforms qualifies it to take leading positions in global rankings. According to the QS World University Rankings 2017, Khazar University was placed in the 701-750 tier of the world’s best universities and was ranked number 1 university in Azerbaijan. EDUNIVERSAL Ranking 2017 Placed 2 Khazar University graduate programs among the best 10 in the region of Eurasia and the Middle East: MBA in Management; MBA in International Economics. EDUNIVERSAL Business Schools Ranking 2017, School of Economics and Management is among the top 1000 best Business Schools across 154 countries.

Key outcomes

In pursuing the goal of internationalization, we seek to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Internationalization of the student population
  2. Increasing the students exchange programmes
  3. Merit based scholarship program
  4. Increasing the number of KA1 projects to meet the needs of larger population of students
  • Internationalization of Research Cooperation
  • Increasing International Publications
  • Increasing International Conferences
  • Increasing participation in international conferences
  • Start participating in Horizon Europe 
  • Internationalization of Curriculum
  • Renewing the curriculum for embedding the latest European standards (mobility, complimentary skill development etc)
  • Increasing the number of ERASMUS+ KA 2 projects to improve curriculum development
  • Internationalization of the staff population
  • Increasing staff mobility
  • Increasing incoming staff exchange
  • Developing staff mobility recognition and reward program
  • Increasing the number of KA2 projects contributing to the university management system

International Strength

  • English as the main language of instruction
  • Curricula based on Western educational models
  • Student-centered credit-based system
  • Wide choice of language courses
  • Active participation in ERASMUS+ projects
  • Merit-based Scholarship Program
  • First university in Azerbaijan to receive an international project (1992)
  • Experienced in managing multinational educational projects  

Erasmus+ call for one place at Cadiz University!

Dear students,

Due to the pandemic situation that affects the Higher Education System all over the world, the University of Cadiz has decided to concentrate the students’ incoming mobility of the Erasmus +KA 107 2018 and 2019 projects in the second semester 2020-21. So, the grants that they didn’t use in the 2019-20120 academic year are included in this distribution of the grants for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  1. Incoming Students (students from the KHAZAR UNIVERSITY coming to study at UCA): 1
    (Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate studies all together)

We will inform you about the new Erasmus+ KA107 Call for incoming students as soon as it is approved for the second semester 2020-21.

If you are interested in the current mobility, please, contact us at international@khazar.org

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Note: Who can apply:

Bachelor and master students who:
• Are enrolled in a Khazar University undergraduate/graduate degree program at the time of application
• Have completed at least the first year of their studies at Khazar University
• Have a cumulative GPA of 85 or higher
• Have no disciplinary sanctions within the past 6 months

Ph.D. students have to:
• Be a citizen of the Azerbaijani Republic or an international student enrolled in a full-degree program at Khazar University
• Be enrolled in a Khazar University degree program at the time of application
• Have completed at least the first year of their studies
• Have English language proficiency certificate
• Have no disciplinary sanctions within the past 6 months

VIRTUAL courses at Istanbul Aydin University!

Dear students,

We hope that you are in good health and spirit, as we all start a new academic year. Due to coronavirus pandemics, universities are not able to offer physical exchange opportunities on campus to students from partner universities in the fall 2020 semester. However, Istanbul Aydın University invites our students to join a new virtual exchange program.2 students from Khazar can choose 1 online course from their online course package. The students can join this program for free and for credit. The students who are interested in these virtual courses please email us at internationa@khazar.org so that we can give you detailed information on further actions.

The Virtual Exchange program covers the following:

1. The tuition fee waived for 1 online course for each student

2. Transferable credits

3. Transcript

4. Opening and closing ceremonies and introduction to our University

5. Curated online readings, videos, and virtual city tours to explore Istanbul and Turkish culture

6. Certificate of Intercultural Learning for students who submit a written assignment after completing the program.

Program duration: 1 semester (4 months)

Program period: October 14, 2020 — February 6, 2021

DEADLINE: 29 September 2020.

Ramiz Orujaliyev’s exchange memories from Koç University

Hello everyone , I am Ramiz Orujaliyev. At present I am a third- year Psychology student at Khazar University. I studied at Koç University through the Bilateral Student Exchange Program last spring semester .

I think my exchange education adventure during the COVID-19 Pandemic will be interesting for you. I would like to talk about my experience of studying at one of the best universities in Turkey, my student life there and my memories of Istanbul.. Enjoy!

In fact, my application to Koç University was unexpected. Thus, when I went to the international office with a few groupmates to be interested in exchange programs at the end of the first semester, I became aware of such an opportunity.  When I found out that Koç University, Turkey’s top university with high performance  in the Global Rankings, had a relationship and a partnership agreement with Khazar University, I made sure I chose the right path by studying at such an educational institution in our country. Of course, I could not miss this opportunity and I applied to the program without wasting time My high academic and social performance and meeting expectations raised my hopes of acceptance. After the day I applied, I started looking forward to the day when I would be officially admitted. Each of my searches about the university excited me even more.  Finally, I received an e-mail from Koç University regarding my admission. I can’t express in words how my family and I felt on that eve. I still remember that moment. The opportunity to study at such a university, where I dreamed of, with high academic performance for one semester … it was just a great feeling.

Istanbul is a large city hosting the Bosphorus which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and separates Europe from Asia ( With a population of around fifteen million). My only memories that are left  from mixed urban infrastructure which is visited by about 13 million tourists every year, has a rich historical culture, but also symbolizes modernity with its magnificent skyscrapers and buildings became the most memorable part of my life. I must admit that the city is not as simple as Baku. Sometimes I got lost in this mess but I enjoyed it because it gave me new experiences. It was impossible to go to the city  center without navigation. I felt traces of a similar culture in all the places I visited. When the local people revealed that I was Azerbaijani, they treated me with special compassion and sincerity. After living there for a while, I realized that people are likely to have western culture in the European part of Istanbul, where the University is located. Unlike us, I saw that people here are individualistic and prioritize their desires. This adaptation was difficult for someone from a collectivist society. The social student life of university is so important. Within 2 weeks before the start of the semester, we, as international students, were involved in orientation days. During these days, our mentors introduced us the university , showed educational buildings , the magnificent library of the university, gyms and provided information on activities we could do inside the university in our spare time. These orientation days also included city tours, walks, and fun parties. (İstanbul tour (Sultanahmet area), networking activities, breakfasts with mentors, boat party etc.)

Although the University was located in a quiet, forested area away from the city center, all kinds of opportunities were created for students in our dormitory which  is 10 minutes away from our university. Outside the dormitory there were small cafes, restaurants, bars, large recreation parks and inside there were board and playstation game halls, fitness hall, pool, common kitchen and reading rooms, small library and canteen for students. In short, I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that the university had everything. There were more than 100 student clubs at the university. I could join one of the clubs from archery to rowing. I was a member of the Psychology Club. The university also had an ice skating hall and an American football field. I spent most of my days at the Suna Kirac Library, my favorite part of the university. The library consisted of 4 floors. The highlights of the library are individual and common tables for lessons, special rooms for 4-5 people to prepare a joint project, 7/24 open library and opportunity to rent a number of digital devices accessible to everyone during certain days ( computer,notebook and laptop etc.) One of the reasons I loved the library so much was the single  soft, comfortable sofas on the ground floor and students had the chance to take a short nap on these sofas during long breaks. Although this may seem strange at first, sometimes short naps  became my favorite activity at university because the student environment here is very comfortable and modern. Students regained their energy here after long tiring lessons. In my spare time , I would spend time with international students, either ice- skate, read a book, or participate in university shows ( theater, cinema, events and so on) . On my weekends, I would explore Istanbul as a tourist, or  I would attend free psychology seminars as a psychology student  in other parts of the city. Especially if you are a student of Psychology, I would recommend you to look for and participate in these kind of  seminars and trainings during the exchange education, and to network with professionals in our field and use their experience.  Gaining such experiences is truly an irreplaceable opportunity in your future career in terms of global relations. I would participate in the experiments as a participant in the laboratories at Koç University and if you had such an opportunity, I would recommend you to participate, at least as a participant in terms of experience.

My recommendations for students who intend to study in Turkey, especially in Istanbul, would be mainly in terms of budget. Istanbul is an expensive city. While studying, I would recommend you to stay in the university dormitory and use the student transport cards  in public transport. To get acquainted with the historical museums and culture of Istanbul, I would recommend you to get the discounted museum cards for students. Pay attention to the location of your university in the city  when you arrive because Istanbul is really a very big city. If  you love walking, the location of Koç University may disappoint you. However, if education as an exchange student is your main priority and you are satisfied with the opportunities I have listed above, I would like you to choose Koç University without hesitation and get these experiences as well.

Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, I had to return to my country in the last two months of my education. Thus, according to the rules, I spent 14 days in quarantine. Then I continued my education online. Although I am disappointed that my exchange education coincided with the eve of such difficult days, no adverse event can affect my pleasant memories there and thoughts on the high level of adaptation of academic education to the new conditions.

If you have read this far, thank you so much…